Slacker Radio now available for Symbian devices in the Ovi Store

Slacker Radio now available for Symbian devices in the Ovi StoreLast month at CES Slacker Radio announced it was coming soon to Symbian devices. I just read a Tweet from the NokiaUS account and saw that Slacker Radio is now available in the Ovi Store. I popped my SIM back into my Nokia N8 and downloaded it immediately. Keep in mind, the initial download to get the software is 1.3 MB so make sure you have a solid connection or are connected via WiFi before downloading.

Keep in mind, Slacker is a service with support for those in the US and Canada so this service is only available for these two countries. I understand many other countries have Spotify so it looks like we finally get a client/service in the US before others :)

I have been using Slacker Radio on my Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 7 devices for over a year as my primary streaming music client and find it works very well at providing just the right mix for me. I actually have a Slacker sticker on my MacBook Pro since I love the service. The great thing is that favorite stations are synced to your account so you can pick up a different smartphone and listen to your favorites on any device. I like how the client on other platforms lets you cache music for offline listening so you can load up tunes for your next flight and then stream again when you land. This offline caching feature is not yet in this new Symbian client, but we may see it in the future.

This news for Slacker Radio is timed particularly well since Last.fm is going to start charging a monthly fee to stream music.

As stated on the Ovi Store description:

Listen to free personalized radio on your Nokia phone. The award-winning Slacker Radio application gives you access to the entire Slacker music library featuring millions of songs from thousands of artists. Listen to over 130 expert programmed radio stations or create your own custom stations. Learn more about the music you hear by reading the artist bios and album reviews. Slacker Personal Radio is the best way to discover new artists and hear your favorite songs.

Basic or Radio Plus?

The free account you setup with after downloading Slacker Radio gives you full access to Slacker Radio music, but you are limited to 6 song skips per hour, per station, there are some ads, and you get no lyrics. You can upgrade to Radio Plus and pay $3.99/month to have ad free listening, unlimited song skips, complete lyrics, and ABC News Radio. On my N8 this can actually be billed through T-Mobile.  I like the service so pay for the Radio Plus upgrade.

UPDATE: OK, I am using it up here in Alaska and when connected via EDGE the music streams flawlessly. However, if I switch to the task manager or another app the music pauses for 1/2 second and then starts back up again. This is going to be real annoying if I am trying to multi-task with Slacker Radio playing. Hopefully this is something they can fix easily enough and soon.

Also, don’t forget my tip that you can Zune Pass music on your N8 and get a taste of what kind of services a Nokia Windows Phone 7 device will provide.

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13 Comments to Slacker Radio now available for Symbian devices in the Ovi Store

Omagus
February 18, 2011

Great news, especially in light of what last.fm’s recent decision means to Mobbler, which was my second favorite Symbian app (after Gravity).

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Robert Najafabadi
February 18, 2011

Time to charge up my Nokia E71x I hope it works on my phone.

ky4ham
February 18, 2011

I just tried the Amazon.com unbox video download and it works great on the N8!!! Just download the unbox video software to your pc, software isfree.Download a video,I downloaded the Salt trailer to see if it worked,the video trailer is free.You need a fast internet connection on your pc,otherwise it is a long download.Then when the download is complete drag and drop the download to your N8,which the unbox software recognizes.

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Remes Huang
February 21, 2011

I downloaded slacker radio on my N8 last night but wasn’t able to play any music at all. When I am at home and has wi-fi, it will connect to my wi-fi and login, but when streaming the app will try to connect to mms and never play anything. When I am out, the app will start connecting to att mms which wasn’t on my destination list at all!
I am using tmobile but had used att for a couple of days before, but I deleted all the previous access point.
Anyone getting connection problem? The app itself doesn’t have any access point setting, could this be a Qt bug?

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